Having reported on problematic braking that in some cases led to rider injury, Lyft is pulling its newly acquired network of e-bikes from service in three major cities. These include Citi Bike in New York, GoBike in San Francisco and Capital Bikeshare in Washington.
"After a small number of reports and out of great caution, we proactively proffer our electric bikes from service," a Citi Bicycle spokesman told Gizmodo in an e-mail statement. "Security always comes first."
Citi Bike said the problem affects the wheel of the rear wheel in markets with e-bikes run by Motivate, which was bought by Lyft last year before its original public offer. Lift is according to plan to start its own e-bike model soon.
About three thousand electric bikes are being pulled from service over the three regions, where Lyft also runs around 1
In a blog post, Citi Bike said the problem was "stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel." Like anyone who has ever been on a bike, it probably understands that braking on the front wheel with too much force can send the rider flying over the board or at least resulting in a thumb.
Obviously that's exactly what happened then Vice News Tonight Correspondent William Turton, former reporter for Gizmodo, experienced the problem firsthand:
] But in spite of arguing his face and receiving "a few cuts," Turton Gizmodo tells in a text message that Citi Bikes electric bikes are the largest creation of the modern age, and I won't be able to rest until they return. " Citi Bike spokesman said the company secured an external engineer firmly to identify the cause of the problem, but meanwhile, it is working to replace regular bicycles e-bikes to avoid service interruptions.
In the same blog, Citi Bike said it plans to distribute a new pedal-assisted bike model soon, writes that the newer model "will be available only by scanning a QR code, and generally it will be more fun to ride."
Here's hoping " fun "means" reduced chance of unexpected braking and possible damage. “
[New York Times]